Software-related Auto Recalls: A Growth Segment and Opportunity


As vehicles feature more electronic parts and computer-based controllers, software is becoming a growing portion of the car’s functionality. Although OEMs and suppliers go through validation processes for software before bringing them to market, sometimes bugs in software may not be caught during these processes and cause potential problems, which require OEMs to recall their vehicles. The USA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tracks automotive recalls by Model Year (MY) and has a database of all recalls starting in 1967, with some data going back to 1950. IHS Automotive has analyzed this database to see how software has grown as a cause or part of auto recalls.

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